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Cam Newton shares what he has learned about Patriots’ expectations

Cam Newton

Cam Newton has had a very shaky start to his first season as New England Patriots quarterback. If nothing else, though, it’s taught him just how high expectations are.

Newton admitted Thursday that the recent defeats the Patriots have suffered has been a learning experience about how unacceptable those losses are. That’s not just to the team, either.

“Losing is not acceptable in this locker room, in this county, in this state, in this area, in this region,” Newton said, via Michael Giardi of NFL Network. “Cameron Newton, you need to pick your expletive up.”

More or less. Patriots fans are used to winning consistently with Tom Brady. This season, they’re 2-4, and a loss to the Bills would hurt their already endangered chances of winning the AFC East even more.

Not helping matters is the fact that Newton himself hasn’t played very well. He has just two passing touchdowns to seven interceptions. Bill Belichick is sticking with him for now, but that could certainly change if things don’t improve.

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Bill Belichick explains why Cam Newton will remain starting QB

Cam Newton

Cam Newton was benched in the second half of Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers after struggling once again, but that does not mean he is losing his job to Jarrett Stidham. Bill Belichick made it clear after the 33-6 loss that Newton is still the New England Patriots’ starting quarterback, and the coach reiterated it on Monday.

Belichick said Sunday that Newton will “absolutely” remain the starting QB heading into Week 8. During his Monday appearance on WEEI, he praised Newton for being the best player on the roster at his position and said there “other problems offensively.”

Newton completed 9-of-15 passes for 98 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions in the 33-6 loss. He also threw two picks against the Denver Broncos last week, giving him five interceptions and no touchdowns over his past two games. The Patriots are reportedly looking to make a significant move before the trade deadline, but Newton needs to play much better.

Neither Stidham nor Brian Hoyer have shown anything in their opportunities, so that is likely a factor in Belichick’s decision to stick with Newton. However, the former MVP has played so poorly that he has had to address questions about whether or not he is injured. There’s only so much longer Belichick can let that continue.

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Cam Newton responds to Jeff Garcia’s criticism of his wardrobe

Cam Newton has always been known for his zany sense of fashion, and former NFL quarterback Jeff Garcia unloaded on the New England Patriots star on Sunday for dressing flamboyantly even with how poorly he has been playing. You may be surprised to hear what Newton thought of the remarks.

Garcia, who works for NBC Sports Bay Area, said after New England’s 33-6 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday that Newton should be doing everything he can to draw less attention to himself. He jokingly suggested that Newton should ask the equipment managers to “put me in your jock sock cart and sneak me in the back door.”

“This just goes back to a couple of years of watching this guy and seeing him at the podium, but what he’s doing on the field does not translate to being that guy,” Garcia said.

Garcia was bashed for the take on social media, with many noting that Newton’s play has nothing to do with how he dresses. Newton, however, felt the criticism was “fair.” He said during his weekly appearance on WEEI’s “The Greg Hill Show” Monday that he agrees with Garcia. Although, Newton is not planning to make any style changes.

Newton wore one of his loudest suits for his Patriots debut this season, and that led to some hilarious memes. However, very few people get as worked up about it as Garcia did. If Newton truly agreed with the former Pro Bowler, he would change the way he dresses. We don’t blame him for sticking with it.

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Cam Newton addresses questions about his shoulder

Cam Newton

Cam Newton has played so poorly over the past two games that people are starting to wonder if he may be dealing with an injury, but the New England Patriots quarterback insists that is not the case.

Following Sunday’s blowout loss to the San Francisco 49ers, Newton was asked about his throwing mechanics and how his right shoulder feels. The former MVP said his energy level has been an issue but not his health.

Newton appeared to short-arm several throws on Sunday, and many people felt he was throwing the ball similarly to when he battled shoulder issues with the Carolina Panthers. Newton has had two surgeries on his right shoulder, though he was said to be 100 percent healthy when the Patriots signed him.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Sunday that Newton is “absolutely” the starter going forward despite being benched for Jarrett Stidham against the Niners.

Newton completed 9-of-15 passes for 98 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions in the 33-6 loss. He also threw two picks against the Denver Broncos last week, giving him five interceptions and no touchdowns over his past two games. The Patriots are reportedly looking to make a significant move before the trade deadline, but Newton needs to play much better to keep his job.

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5 biggest disappointments of NFL Week 7

Cam Newton

We’re getting close to the halfway point of the NFL season, which means the playoff races will really be heating up soon. That means the stakes are getting higher, and the pressure is rising as well.

Plenty of NFL stars are succeeding in responding to that pressure. Some, however, aren’t doing quite as well. Here are five players who disappointed in Week 7.

Cam Newton, QB, Patriots

The predictions about Newton having a rebound season and getting back to his MVP form look about as off the mark as some of his passes do these days. Newton went 9/15 for 98 yards and three interceptions in Sunday’s loss to San Francisco. He didn’t have his peak strength or accuracy, and things got bad enough that he was benched once the game became a blowout. Newton’s play is a real concern for New England at this point, and one has to wonder if the Pats are considering a switch with Jarrett Stidham waiting in the wings.

Stephen Gostkowski, K, Titans

The Titans have stuck by Gostkowski so far, even though they’d have been entirely justified in moving on based on his stats. Now he’s cost them a game. He missed a 45-yard field goal at the end of regulation against the Steelers that would have forced overtime. Even Ben Roethlisberger couldn’t believe it. The veteran has now missed six field goals and two extra points, and doesn’t look reliable right now. The Titans are 5-1 and look well-positioned for a playoff run. They will want to get a better kicker first, though.

Jon Bostic, LB, Washington

Bostic produced the worst moment of the day with this hit on Andy Dalton that knocked the Dallas Cowboys quarterback out of the game. It was so bad, in fact, that Washington coach Ron Rivera apologized and publicly chastised Bostic for his lack of control. Rivera is right. Bostic is a veteran who needs to be better than that. It was a low hit that looked like head-hunting, and a suspension would be fully deserved.

Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Cowboys

Elliott continues to look fairly lost in the Dallas backfield with or without Dak Prescott. He was held to 45 yards on 12 carries Sunday against Washington, keeping a worrying trend going. It’s the second consecutive game Elliott has been held under 50 yards, and the third time in five weeks. He has yet to go for 100 yards this season. Some of that is due to game script, but Elliott is also dealing with fumbling problems, and has at times looked uncertain running out of the backfield. The Cowboys need him more than ever with Prescott and possibly Dalton out, but he’s not giving them much.

Todd Gurley, RB, Falcons

Gurley will be having nightmares about scoring a touchdown, strange as that is to say. While he tried to avoid crossing the plane, Gurley accidentally scored late to put Atlanta ahead 22-16 against Detroit. The problem? Doing so left the Lions over a minute to go downfield and score a game-winning touchdown themselves. We always praise running backs who are mentally sharp enough to take a knee short of the end zone in order to burn more clock in a spot like this. Gurley didn’t do that, and his team ultimately paid the price. Crazily, this was the second time this happened over the weekend.

Cam Newton benched for Jarrett Stidham during poor game

Cam Newton

Cam Newton was benched by the New England Patriots for Jarrett Stidham during a poor start on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

Newton was having a rough time throughout the game and went 9/15 for 98 yards and three interceptions before being asked to take a seat midway through the third quarter. He also had five rushes for 19 yards.

After Newton threw his third interception, which came in the third quarter, head coach Bill Belichick was shown walking up to Newton and giving him a pat on the bench. That seemed to be Belichick’s way of nicely saying “we’re going to go with Stidham.”

The poor accuracy and lack of zip on his passes Sunday led some to wonder whether Newton is being bothered by his shoulder again.

Newton also looked bad in a Week 6 loss to the Broncos where he went 17/25 for 157 yards and two interceptions. His recent performances have left fans wondering what happened to the guy who looked like his old MVP self the first two games of the season.

Cam Newton shoulder injury concerns resurface

Cam Newton

Cam Newton played miserably in the New England Patriots’ loss to the Denver Broncos last week, and he may have been even worse in the first half against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. Newton was so bad, in fact, that people are beginning to wonder if he is once again having problems with his throwing shoulder.

Newton completed just 4-of-8 passes for 30 yards and threw two interceptions in the first half of Sunday’s game. The incompletions and interceptions were horribly off the mark, including one throw where Newton appeared to have a receiver open on third down and short-armed a ball into the turf. Most of his passes had no zip on them like the one below:

Newton also threw two interceptions in Week 6. His accuracy has suddenly become a huge issue, and some who have watched him over the years feel like the former MVP is throwing the ball similarly to how he did when he had a shoulder injury.

While he was said to be fully healthy when the Patriots signed him, Newton has undergone multiple shoulder procedures in recent years. That is one of the main reasons 31 teams passed on trying to sign him this offseason and there was only one team willing to offer him a chance to start.

It’s possible Newton is struggling because he missed time with the coronavirus. The Patriots also have a horrible receiving corps, and they are reportedly trying to change that ahead of next week’s trade deadline.

Whatever the case, the Newton who threw for 397 yards and nearly led the Patriots to a win over the Seattle Seahawks last month is nowhere to be found. The shoulder is worth monitoring.

Cam Newton had great quotes about his performance in Patriots’ loss

Cam Newton

Cam Newton played his worst game as a New England Patriot in Sunday’s loss to the Denver Broncos, and the former NFL MVP is making no excuses for the poor performance.

Newton handled himself extremely well in his weekly appeared on WEEI’s “The Greg Hill Show” Monday morning. He was asked several questions about his positive coronavirus test and how it impacted his preparation for the Broncos game, but he refused to use that as an excuse. Newton also had a great quote when asked about a throw in which he and wide receiver N’Keal Harry were clearly not on the same page.

There has been a lot of talk about the Patriots not having enough weapons on offense, but Newton has repeatedly defended the roster. He also said he is prepared to handle all the negative reaction to New England being 2-3.

The lack of practice time due to positive COVID-19 tests clearly hurt the Patriots against Denver. Newton threw two interceptions and looked uncomfortable in the pocket the entire game. Even Bill Belichick hinted that the practice schedule was an issue, which was out of character for the coach.

New England is a fringe playoff team at the moment, so losing at home to a lesser opponent like the Broncos could come back to haunt them. The loss snapped an unbelievable streak the Patriots have been on during the Belichick era. How the Pats respond to that will say a lot about their current roster.

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Cam Newton, Stephon Gilmore reportedly cleared from coronavirus

Cam Newton

It has been less than two weeks since New England Patriots stars Cam Newton and Stephon Gilmore tested positive for the coronavirus, but both are ready to return to practice.

Reports on Wednesday indicated that both Newton and Gilmore will take part in practice with the Patriots on Thursday. That puts them on track to play against the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

Newton got his positive COVID-19 test result on Saturday, Oct. 3. Gilmore tested positive a few days later, and he apparently had dinner with Newton before the quarterback received his positive result.

The postponement of the Patriots-Broncos game could end up working out for both sides, as Denver quarterback Drew Lock also returned to practice this week. Multiple Broncos players expressed frustration over the schedule changes, but moving the game back a week allowed key players on both sides to get healthy.

Cam Newton may benefit from Broncos-Patriots being postponed

Cam Newton

The New England Patriots are not playing in Week 5 after another member of their organization tested positive for the coronavirus on Saturday. While that is not the ideal scenario for the NFL, it may actually benefit the Patriots.

The NFL announced on Sunday that Monday’s game between the Patriots and Denver Broncos has been postponed. New England originally had a bye in Week 6, and ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the game will be played then instead. Denver’s originally scheduled game against the Miami Dolphins for Week 6 will be played later in the season.

Newton was the first member of the Patriots to test positive for COVID-19. His positive test was returned last Saturday, so it has been more than a week. As Tom Pelissero of NFL Network notes, it was unclear if the quarterback would have played on Monday. Now that there is an extra week between games, Newton has a better chance of getting cleared.

Players who are asymptomatic have a chance of returning within a week if they can produce a certain amount of negative coronavirus tests. Newton has indicated he is doing well, though it’s not known if he ever experienced any symptoms.

The Patriots desperately could have used Newton in their game against the Kansas City Chiefs last week. They entered halftime trailing just 6-3 despite horrible play from Brian Hoyer. Jarrett Stidham then took over in the second half and also struggled, throwing two interceptions. If Newton only ends up missing one game, that would be a silver lining for New England amid unfortunate circumstances.